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Farm Rescue helps keep farmers in the field

In the midst of planting season Shawn Heinz, Ipswich, S.D., suffered an injury to his PCL, meniscus and broke his tibia playing basketball. He worried that his serious injury would prevent him from meeting the physical demands of riding in a tractor and putting in the long hours to finish planting nearly 800 acres of corn and soybeans. That’s when he heard about help available through Farm Rescue.

Farm Rescue provides field assistance to farm families that have experienced a major injury, illness or natural disaster. CHS partners with Farm Rescue to ensure farmers have the assistance they need to continue farming in the face of unforeseen circumstances.
“It’s unfortunate help is needed, but good help is there,” says Dan Erdmann, director of communications, Farm Rescue.
When tragedy strikes, farmers can apply for assistance via Farm Rescue’s website. Once assistance is approved, often within a few days, a team of three to six volunteers show up with the equipment necessary to complete the job.
“I never thought I was going to miss being in the field this much,” says Heinz.  “Sitting on the couch makes you miss being in the tractor.”
The Farm Rescue team has two teams of tractors, planters, haying and harvest equipment positioned in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska ready to be deployed at a moment’s notice.
“Our organization depends on the teams of volunteers and sponsors to make support possible,” says Erdmann.  “We have a database of more than 1,000 volunteers who are willing to help.  Support from sponsors like CHS helps us cover the costs associated with getting assistance to those who need it most quickly.”
Assistance from sponsors and volunteers leaves a lasting impact on recipients.
“Them coming out and donating their time, it’s great to have people who do that kind of stuff. It means a lot,” Heinz says.

Farm Rescue has assisted more than 400 farm families since 2006.  To get involved as a volunteer or apply for assistance, visit farmrescue.org.  To learn more about how CHS is committed to funding projects that develop the next generation of ag leaders, improve ag safety and enhance rural vitality, visit chsinc.com/stewardship